Following an open tendering process, Fèisean nan Gàidheal has been awarded a contract by Argyll and Bute Council to deliver in-person Gaelic sessions in three island communities – Coll, Tiree and Bute. Argyll & Bute Council secured funding from the Scottish Government’s Islands Skills Fund enabling the sessions to take place and three projects fall under the banner of Tabhaich (meaning ‘offer’).
The first is a series of six consecutive in-person conversation classes to support the additional work being carried out online by experienced Gaelic tutor Pàdruig Moireach. Each week the participants will strengthen what they have learned online with Pàdruig by coming together with an island-based tutor encouraging their Gaelic vocalisation. These will kick off with drop-in sessions in the Isle of Coll on the 31st July, led by Ann MacLean-Fleming.
Alongside these consecutive, progressive sessions, Fèisean nan Gàidheal is offering one-off drop-in Gaelic taster sessions for local residents and visitors wishing to learn something of the culture and heritage while living or holidaying in any of the three islands.
Finally, Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s formal education service, Fèisgoil, will be offering all island schools the opportunity to engage in a special one-off workshop in the new academic session, showcasing different opportunities available for learners and speakers of the language through a variety of contemporary industries.